Theresa May urges Commonwealth countries to review 'outdated' marriage laws

Theresa May urges Commonwealth countries to review 'outdated' marriage laws

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has called for inclusiveness in same-sex partnership in all countries within the Commonwealth, urging the member countries to overhaul marriage laws.

While speaking at the first joint forum at Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in Westminster on Tuesday, April 17, the prime minister declared that "nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love..."

Her speech in part: “I am all too aware that these laws were put in place by my own country; they were wrong then and they are wrong now.

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"As the United Kingdom's Prime Minister I deeply regret both the fact that such laws were introduced and the legacy of discrimination, violence and death that persists today.

"As a family of nations we must respect one another's cultures and traditions but we must do so in a manner consistent with our common value of equality - a value that is clearly stated in the Commonwealth Charter.

"Nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love and the UK stands ready to help any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible."

NAIJ.com previously reported that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari held talks on Nigeria–British relations with Prime Minister, Theresa May, at 10, Downing Street, London.

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This was contained in a tweet by Twitter handle of Personal Assistant to the President on new media, Bashir Ahmad on Monday, April 16.

He further disclosed that at the end of his bilateral meeting with the British prime minister, President Buhari thanked her for Britain’s efforts at the training of the Nigerian Armed forces in fighting Boko Haram.

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